Archives for October 2015

Thailand, Part 3: {Krabi – Railay Beach}


Krabi is an amazing part of Thailand. It’s an hour flight south, from Bangkok. To get there, you can fly into Krabi, and then take a shuttle to the pier to catch a boat.

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I Confess: I Watched The Sound of Music for the First Time at Age 31…


Although I love classic movies and know this one is beloved by many, I’ve never been interested in seeing this one. I know. I love musicals, I love Julie Andrews, I’ve just heard some of the songs from this movie (My Favorite Things & So Long, Farewell) a thousand times over the years and I just really never cared for them. I’ve seen the images of Julie Andrews twirling around on a mountain top and just thought it was her cruising around and singing about loving nature and music and shit. I’ve thought about watching the movie every now and then when I scroll past it on Netflix, but it wasn’t until I was on my long-ass flight to Thailand two weeks ago that I finally gave in.  Because so many people love the movie I was just curious enough, and on an 11 hour flight you have more than enough time. Why not watch it now?

I Confess: I was such a judger. I had no idea… [Read more…]

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Thailand, Part 2: Asia Fitness Conference… In Letters

I’ve always heard great things about the Asia Fitness Conference and getting to attend and speak at this year’s conference in Bangkok was amazing! I decided to write this post in letters to those who helped make this event as great as it was!

Dear Suzanne Hosley – You put on a wicked conference! Thank you so much for inviting me to teach TRX Dance Body and for asking for lots of dance sessions. It was so incredibly fun to rock it out with the attendees and getting to mix my dance world with my fitness world. Had the time of my life and it started with you!

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How Changing My Monday Routine Has Improved My Weekly Productivity

Can I get a show of hands of who feels like this EVERY Monday?


For me, this has been the case for almost a decade. If you’re new around here, I’m in the fitness industry. For the past ten years I’ve gotten up at 5am nearly every day of the week. I teach and train early mornings, late nights, and I travel on weekends to teach professional education courses and present at conferences. Earlier this year I moved from Louisville, KY back to San Diego, CA, with a peaceful 3 month reset road trip in between. When I got here to San Diego, I made a vow to myself: [Read more…]

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Thailand, Part 1: {Bangkok}

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I’ve had connecting flights through BKK several times over the past few years, but have never actually been into Bangkok before. Getting invited to speak at a conference there was not only exciting career-wise, but I was pumped to get to finally check out the city.

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Off to Thailand!



It was a 4:30am wake up call today to get everything loaded up, Tango walked and off to the dog-sitter, and to the airport for my flight. I go to San Fran, then Tokyo, then land in Bangkok at 11pm Wednesday evening. I’m very excited to have been invited to present at the Asia Fitness Conference this year. I get to teach my TRX Dance Body workout, a Barefoot Forum with Dr. Emily Splichal of EBFA, and two dance sessions that should be pretty fun. While I’m not looking forward to the 20 hours of flight time ahead of me, I’m excited to get to the conference. I’ll be meeting up with my man-friend who’s currently on his way there. We’ll both be presenting there for 4 days and then it’s on to Krabi for 4 days of rock climbing and deep water soloing.

If anybody’s got recommendations for Bangkok, let me know! Holla!

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Helpful Business Resources {Books, Podcasts, & Links}


While my degree in Exercise Science certainly helped me establish myself as a fitness pro, it lacked in business info that would help me as a self-employed fitness pro. In college, classes like marketing, management and public speaking were on my agenda to take, but I’ll be honest, I took these intro classes as night classes so I’d only have to go once a week (15 times per semester). And since you could technically miss 2 classes, I only really had to attend 13 of them – college logic that’s been biting me in the ass ever since.  Over the years of seeking out business content on my own, my colleagues have suggested many helpful resources to check out. While these don’t in any way take the place of an actual business degree or course, here are some of the books, podcasts, and TED talks that have helped me along the way:  [Read more…]

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It’s been a blustery last few days here in San Diego. Tango’s ears blowing in the wind was my jam this week, as well as knowing I get to leave for Thailand in 4 days! I’ve got the weekend off and plan on a brew fest with friends, watching Netflix, and hanging more with Tango on the beach. Here’s what else is on my radar currently:


Making: Trader’s Joe’s Pumpkin Muffins. I don’t care if it’s 80 degrees in SD. It’s fall in my kitchen.

Wanting: to go camping… I’d like a couple nights sleeping outside, somewhere quiet.  [Read more…]

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10 Things I’ve Learned From 10 Years In The Fitness Industry

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This month marks one decade for me in the fitness industry! Since 2005 I’ve worn many hats as a fitness pro: I’ve been a Group Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer, Fitness Manager, Bootcamp Owner, Master Instructor, fitness Blogger, and conference Presenter. I’m fully aware that I still have a long way to go, but over the past 10 years I’ve learned a lot. Here are the lessons that stick out the most:  [Read more…]

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